John Hesp, a 64-year-old grandpa from Bridlington, England, who won as a runner-up (4th place) of the 2017 WSOP $10,000 Main Event final table and took home $2.6 million, recently announced that his experience while he was in Las Vegas was utterly remarkable enough that it is going to be turned into a movie!
The semi-retired caravan home salesman Hesp has garnered an army of followers at the Rio, all thanks to his exploits at the felt, and along with his quirky colorful personality as manifested by his glitzy lucky patchwork jacket.
The grandpa of seven, who went to Las Vegas for the first time to participate on the 2017 WSOP Main Event just to check off that item on his bucket list, got more than what he asked for, as he went home with his pockets full of $2.6 million! Who knew that before this big event in his life, he was only playing at a max of £10 buy-in games at his fave local Napoleons Casino in Hull.
His story became extremely popular from all over the poker community that Hesp has revealed he's had ongoing discussions with movie producers to bring his story to the big screen.
Hesp was at the Napoleons Casino in Hull, and they were honoring him by unveiling their new "John Hesp Poker Chair", sporting the upholstery for which the design was based on his famous signature patchwork jacket. The casino is also the place where Hesp made his previous best-ever cash of just above $1,000.
Hesp said, "I got contacted by two or three producers when I was out in Vegas, including some Hollywood names, but I elected to go with a UK based company. The offer is formalised in writing and I've just got my legal team sorting things out. It's about 90 per cent through. We've had a bit of a laugh and a joke about who might play me. Personally, I would prefer George Clooney."
For John Hesp, he says not much has changed since his life-changing win and the film project. He's happy being a dad, grandpa, husband, and guess what, he still sells caravans. For him, the reality of his experience in Vegas has finally sunk in, but he still gets surprised every time he looks at his bank account.
If you can't wait for Hesp's movie and you're itching to watch a poker-themed movie soon, Molly's Game is coming to theaters in November.